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One in four start-ups motivated by social purpose or cause

Despite rise in social entrepreneurs, a significant number are struggling to access relevant support

At least one in in four British entrepreneurs have started a business because of the desire to have a positive social or communal impact, according to research from the National Enterprise Network in partnership with UnLtd.

The study found that 27% of people which have approached enterprise organisations are aiming to start a company with a social purpose or cause.

While mainstream enterprise organisations support entrepreneurs motivated by social objectives, 9% of those seeking advice said they were not able to access the relevant support needed to develop and sustain their business goals.

The research is an encouraging sign that social entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly mainstream, but highlights the need for relevant support to be made readily available such as legal forms, access to social finance and volunteers as UnLtd CEO, Cliff Prior, explained:

“There’s a swell of people stepping up to tackle some of society’s greatest problems with entrepreneurial solutions – but they need the right support to start well and thrive.

“We want enterprise organisations to ensure social entrepreneurs get off to the best start, and this research shows that even more can be done to ensure that potential social entrepreneurs can access the support they need.”

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Henry has been writing for since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also contributed to many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Young Guns, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides. Before joining the team, he reviewed films for a culture website, and still harbours ambitions of being a screenwriter.


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  1. It would help if social entrepreneurs stopped isolating themselves by thinking they are different! As why do you think any ‘ordinary’ entrepreneur does it? Well in my view they do it based on a social cause and purpose, because it’s never about the money. That’s just the reward or the register.